The Washington Times - November 16, 2011, 09:01AM

DENVER — The biggest loser under Colorado’s newly drawn congressional map appears to be Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

Mr. Coffman’s once-safe 6th Congressional District has morphed into an evenly divided toss-up seat, with 34 percent Republicans, 33 percent Democrats and 32 percent unaffiliated voters, under a Democratic map chosen last week by Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt.

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The state Republican Party is still weighing whether to appeal the decision to the Colorado Supreme Court. In the meantime, Mr. Coffman has released a statement saying that while he’s “deeply disappointed” with the redrawn map, he’s looking forward to a truly competitive election.

“I love a tough race, and I’ve really missed not having had a challenge since the Republican congressional primary that I won in 2008,” said Mr. Coffman. “This will be a great opportunity to sharpen my skills.”

So far only Democratic state Rep. Joe Miklosi has announced he will challenge Mr. Coffman, but speculation is swirling about the possibility of a run by former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who lost his bid to unseat Sen. Michael Bennet in the 2010 Democratic primary.